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Friday Five: November 2, 2018

Check out these five stories from across Montana that highlight entrepreneurship, the high tech sector, and everything else that makes Montana a great place!

First Snow in Montana1. Helena’s Sage & Oats Trading Post: Celebrating Culture with a Montana Flavor that Tantalizes the Senses

If you’re looking for a store with a variety of gifts and goods that celebrate all cultures, consider checking out Sage & Oats Trading Post in Helena.

The business is owned by Major and Michelle Robinson. Major is Native American and a registered member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. Michelle is Scotch Irish and from Florida. The store is described in a Helena Independent Record story as being laid out to allow shoppers to flow in any direction to find items from Native American artisans, Made in Montana vendors, imports from Scotland, Ireland, and more.

According to the article, the business was 10 years in the making and born from a desire to combine their talents and share a love of travel and culture. The name, Sage & Oats, is a combination of their heritage.

Click here to read more about this Helena treasure!

2. A Guide to Livingston, Montana, the Literary Town on the Yellowstone

While towns like Bozeman and Missoula get a lot of love, consider looking at towns right outside of these hotspots, like Livingston. The New York Times recently put out a guide on how to enjoy your stay in Livingston. It gives recommendations on where to stay, eat, shop, and what to see.

Click here to plan your visit to Livingston!

3. Montana Made: Antler Chandeliers & Lighting Company

Are you looking for a new light fixture for your home? Consider checking out a chandelier from the Antler Chandeliers & Lighting Company in Stevensville.

Jim Swanson started the company 25 years ago after going out and gathering antler sheds. He gets orders from across the country and the world. Swanson said in a KXLH video that he’s worked with deer antlers, elk,¬† moose, and even antlers from Europe.

Click here to watch the video about Swanson’s company!

4. Bozeman Entrepreneurs Help Launch App to Train Workers Displaced by Technology

While automation is becoming a part of today’s workforce, one app is working to help workers displaced by technology enter the growing healthcare industry.

NextStep Interactive is a company based out of Bozeman. The company’s founders are Chris Hendrick and Charissa Raynor. Hendrick has worked in the high tech sector, and Raynor is the former executive director of the Benefis¬†Group. According to a story from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the app removes the barrier of having to take classes in-person. Workers can complete coursework in the app and become certified in entry-level jobs, such as a home health aid or medical assistant.

Click here to read more about how this $20 app is hoping to aid Montana’s changing workforce.

5. Eureka Brings Fashion to Whitefish

For the first time, the Eureka Creative Arts Center is bringing its art show to Whitefish with the Trash 2 Flash REcycled Fashion Show on Nov. 9 at the O’Shaughnessy Center. Tickets are $15. This is the ninth year of the show.

The fashion show is the biggest event for the Creative Arts Center. The center was started 30 years ago and the money raised goes toward keeping the center running.

To read more about the Creative Arts Center or to buy tickets for the show, click here.

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